Placing Spandau Ballet on the podium, Gold is a defining 80s ballad that brings home the medal every time.
From acoustic folk-pop to rapid-fire wordplay, the best Ed Sheeran songs show why he is one of the world’s finest singer-songwriters.
Containing the principal ingredients of her early 80s output, Madonna’s self-titled debut album could not be silenced.
Tina Turner’s ‘Foreign Affair’ album was more than a fling with rock music. ‘She likes being badass,’ says The Best songwriter Holly Knight.
Pet Shop Boys’ iconic cover of Go West rescued the song from the pop footnotes. ‘I think it’s our greatest achievement,’ said Chris Lowe.
With their maverick musicality and arresting visuals, Pet Shop Boys established themselves as a genius singles act – and much more besides.
An exercise in unashamed hit-making, ‘True Blue’ saw Madonna pitch herself at superstar status, landing in a league of her own.
Looking for answers to all the big questions, the best Tracy Chapman songs form the basis of a formidable musical legacy.
Creating the zeitgeist, Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ era raised the bars for music, cinema and live performance. No one has come close since.
Unflinchingly honest and raw, ‘Blue’ established Joni Mitchell’s genius and set the template for generations of singer-songwriters to come.
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